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Care Link is supporting Falls Prevention Week (1-8 October 2020)

Published 1 October 2020

This week is Falls Prevention Week (1-8 October 2020) and our Care Link Team is raising awareness of how the service could help support you and your loved ones.

Did you know?

  • Falls are not an inevitable result of old age. Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable health issue.
  • People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people older than 65 and 50% of people older than 80 falling at least once a year (NICE 2016).
  • Falls result in significant costs. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality.
  • Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall, who often have to take time off to care for them.

Over the last five years Wakefield has seen a rising trend in the number of falls. Hospital admissions from injuries due to falls in those 65 and older has been increasing and the cost to the NHS of falls is estimated to be more than £2.3 billion each year. (NICE 2016)

This is where our Care Link service can help. With the Care Link responder service your loved one can get help at the touch of a button if they were to fall at home.

Our Care Link responder service provides a physical response to your relatives home within 30 minutes. Our trained responders will then help your loved one to get back up, avoiding unnecessary ambulance call outs and hospital readmissions if they are uninjured. If they are injured, our responder will stay with them until the paramedics arrive.

Since 23 March 2020 our Care Link Team has taken over 70,000 calls and responded to 2,399 calls from people who had fallen, helping them back up safely. Only 5% of them needed further medical assistance. The service has helped to reduce the strain on the NHS by removing the need for an ambulance and hospital bed.

For more information on Care Link and the services we can provide to support your loved one to stay independent for longer visit: https://www.wdh.co.uk/CareLink/ or call 01977 788000.

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